The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired centerfielder and leadoff man Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. Danny Knobler of CBS Sports says that the Twins are getting right-hander Vance Worley in return.
Revere gives the Phillies a big stolen base threat as well as a tremendous defender with outstanding range in center. The 24 year old has some nice upside and could develop into a quality addition for the Phillies in the years to come. He batted .294 last season with 40 stolen bases and 70 runs scored. CBP should give his weak power numbers a certain spike.
The Phillies give up Vance Worley who missed the final month of the season with an elbow injury, but when healthy the 24-year-old right-hander has a 3.50 ERA in 278 career innings.
To put him into context, he is a year younger than the Mets’ Jon Niese and has better numbers despite pitching in hitters haven Citizens Bank Park, while Niese benefits by the vastness of Cit Field.
Sooner or later our front office must realize that if they want quality, they will have to give up quality or they will be shutout.
So far this offseason is showing that the early bird gets the worm, and there is a steep price to pay for waiting. The Phillies, Braves and Nationals have been the shakers and movers this offseason and unfortunately for the Mets, they all play in the NL East.
Many Mets fans believe the front office strategy is to wait for desperation to set in. Good luck with that.